Belgium has been plunged into a debate over ATM availability in supermarkets after a legislator introduced a bill that would overturn measures all but wiping out cashpoints located in physical stores.
Around a year and a half ago, a renewed take on a 30-year-old law relating to private security saw the placement of ATMs in the vast majority of retail locations become almost unsustainable.
A stricter interpretation of a 1992 law on security led to the enforcement of requirements that supermarkets have their ATMs restocked by licensed security firms, rather than simply by the shop’s management as had previously been the case.
Faced with the higher cost of having to employ these private firms, most supermarkets opted to ditch their ATMs altogether.
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